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by ParGha
19 Nov 2017 19:39
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 329640

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Lolz, hundreds of years from now archeologists will be able to find out all about Russian tanks by digging around the borders of an erstwhile Chinese civilization: T-34s in Manchuria, T-55s in East Turkestan, T-62s along the Amur River, T-72s in the Himalayas, and who knows where outdated T-90s and ...
by ParGha
13 Nov 2017 11:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operational Art or War Doctrine
Replies: 55
Views: 10161

Re: Operational Art or War Doctrine

The Soviets had done a ton of very detailed work around force-sizes, scale and level of effort at operational level — so to talk about operational art without appreciating the work put into the operational science opens up the discussion to a lot of hand-waving and hot-air. You have to understand th...
by ParGha
10 Nov 2017 20:00
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 329640

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

What is it that tanks still bring on table for us considering our requirements vis-à-vis bakis and chinis..? In general MBTs and heavy IFVs, 1. with the correct anti-radiation lining and filtration systems have the ability to continue operations around the edges of NBC contaminated zones where thin...
by ParGha
07 Nov 2017 22:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 329640

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

srai wrote:
Philip wrote:Agreed,but it makes the MBT smaller and lighter.
FMBT will be that.


What is the target weight range envisioned for the FMBT?

JSDF Type-10 50T or lower would be a good target.
by ParGha
07 Nov 2017 08:09
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 937578

Re: Small Arms Thread

Holy Guacamole -- the "indigenous rifle" is "cheap" @Rs 50,000 (~$770)? And you want to pay Rs 200,000 (~$3,000) a piece for an imported rifle? What world do these guys live in? Even the FN charges the US government ~$500 per M4, with all of Pentagon's waste and much higher labor...
by ParGha
05 Nov 2017 19:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 937578

Re: Small Arms Thread

Kakkaji wrote:Is Ghatak 7.62mm or 5.56mm?


7.62x39mm
by ParGha
25 Oct 2017 17:40
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 329640

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

No. Arjun is planned to be deployed in the desert area. Merhinks it’s been setup for failure — a heavy tank like Arjun should be deployed in strategic positions like Akhnoor and Gurdaspur District, where there is going to be tank-on-tank bloodbaths. Not in the deserts, where light and fast moving c...
by ParGha
21 Oct 2017 16:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 937578

Re: Small Arms Thread

OFB 7.62x51 rifle. Looks better with telescopic butt stock though. The skeleton stock looks flimsy, especially for a full battle rifle round’s recoil. Agree that the telescoping stock looks much better, but I’d happily take a sturdy wood stock from whatever tree grows the fastest in India with acce...
by ParGha
08 Oct 2017 15:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

No. Tata Kestrel is not a BMP replacement. At best, it is a recce jeep or BRDM replacement. I am not sure if we have dedicated ATGM units but possibly it is one such use case The Brigade of the Guards provides ATGM detachments as needed. However this is too big just for an ATGM team. It is more fit...
by ParGha
07 Oct 2017 07:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 152
Views: 43089

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

"The French must not trace this back to us -- god knows they are getting their pound of flesh, but if they or the Brits or the Italians smell a conflict, they will bleed us dry," Warichoo cautioned. Rao was well aware of the Cerberus H2's as-yet-unresolved dependency on French technology a...
by ParGha
04 Oct 2017 07:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 152
Views: 43089

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

With GDF shut down and Ahuja MIA, just an attempt to kick this back into life and restart collaborative writing as in early PIMS threads.
by ParGha
04 Oct 2017 07:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 152
Views: 43089

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

NSN Report (Beijing): On Tuesday the Chinese PLA Air Force interceptors shot down an intruding Indian Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle. The shoot-down of the surveillance aircraft was the second such incident in less than a week. A PLAAF spokesperson, Colonel Laan Qin, issued an official statement...
by ParGha
16 Aug 2017 07:02
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

I believe some here (Rohit Vats?) proposed issuing the Arjun to holding corps in the desert. There aren't many bridges or culverts to traverse in the sector, and the Arjun's low ground pressure would open up many new axes for exploitation. And because it wouldn't be penetrating very far into enemy ...
by ParGha
02 Aug 2017 05:44
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Actually, I take that back: I'm not even sure if a lightly armored, fast moving, main gunned tank like M18 is viable any more in this age of computer stabilized fire. You would have to be much faster... LCH fast... to survive on speed alone while hunting modern MBTs.
by ParGha
01 Aug 2017 16:39
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Stryker has multiple variants, but it is wheeled. Not sure if IA will like it https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1128_Mobile_Gun_System FWIW, the Stryker MGS has very poor feedback from troops who have actually used it in battle; what they most appreciate about it is the night vision suite which guid...
by ParGha
25 Jun 2017 02:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Retaliation Options to significant terrorist strikes
Replies: 1227
Views: 171334

Re: India's Retaliation Options to significant terrorist strikes

There is a much simple solution. Air strikes on the company/ brigade posts and hq. We think of "ideas" because we dont have the b**lls to blow the Paki Company to bits. A field HQ is 15-20 men, a few radios, maps, tables and chairs... often dug in and hard to spot. If you want to blow up ...
by ParGha
15 May 2017 15:45
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Had a "doh!" moment -- at this heights it may just be cheaper and more effective to lay a network of sensors and use UCAVs or AirCav for "raiding", than to send out road-watch teams and keep them supplied with utility airplanes LRDG-style. It may have happened even many decades b...
by ParGha
13 May 2017 01:03
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

I agree that the air force and navy have a point. But it occurs to me that the army has a point too. Let me explain by simply quoting from an article that I had posted in the shivering thread written by Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee http://www.vifindia.org/print/1828 No doubt, the whole system of inductio...
by ParGha
11 May 2017 17:36
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Aksai Chin is tank country. Bum-La area is tank country. Every kilogram counts as one tries to get higher and higher in altitude using air logistics and that is why light tanks have found themselves in high altitude battles more often than heavies. The T-72 is proven air-transportable into Ladakh a...
by ParGha
07 May 2017 16:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Take T-90 shell. We anyway manufacture barrel & it has kanchan armour. The T-72s -- maybe even the T-90s -- were sold without radiation-protection lining, as per standard Soviet export control practices. Did India ever come up with its own lining and sealing for these tanks? Does Arjun series h...
by ParGha
29 Apr 2017 16:19
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The armoured corps IMO is split on the Arjun. On the one hand they want improvements to it which add weight. But on the other hand they want the tank to loose weight. Then the solution is two types of tanks: a heavy 60+ ton "heavy cavalry" to slug it out on the politically sensitive Punja...
by ParGha
14 Apr 2017 18:56
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 502414

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

A question on the performance of light tanks in Indian Army experience in both the 1965 and 197 wars? How did they perform and what were the losses? In 1965 AMX 13 and some Sherman were there. In 1948 light tanks and armored cars like the Stuarts and Humbers were war-winners in OP Bison, Polo, etc....
by ParGha
11 Apr 2017 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 214386

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

It sounds like a cheap Ponzi scheme and it is amazing how entire nations can be gullible enough to swallow this crap. You can fool people and manipulate them from Beijing, but you can't fool Mother Nature. By 2040 north-west Indian sub-continent is expected to lose 50% of its rainfall (https://moth...
by ParGha
11 Apr 2017 19:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 214386

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

No Tibetan or Uighur can over hope to be in charge of a PLA regiment. Most Tibetans and Uighur won't even be permitted to train and hold weapons in PLA because they will go shoot their Han colleagues instead of Indian soldiers. At the Battle of Chushul, all the assault units were 100% Uighurs/Mugha...
by ParGha
11 Mar 2017 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4338
Views: 775369

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Singha-ji, actually I agree with the basic premise of your argument -- sdre solutions to sdre problems; I disagree that more fossil-fueled vehicles are the solution. In a full-blown shooting war you have limited POL reserves, tankers and road-space... first priority will be the armour and re-armamen...
by ParGha
06 Mar 2017 19:27
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 937578

Re: Small Arms Thread

Recoil and weight are two reasons... sight and psychology are another two. For most of us it is hard to acquire a proper sight picture as far as the full effective range of a 5.56x45mm, let alone a 7.62x51mm. Secondly, for most of us it is psychologically less disturbing to hunt in a group (vs indiv...
by ParGha
06 Mar 2017 18:59
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 937578

Re: Small Arms Thread

FWIW, the first AKMs were imported by the army because the SLRs were too long and snagged with the new parachutes imported in early 1980s; the SFF had AKMs, vz 58s and Type 56s even before that for various reasons. Actually a two-rifle solution is not a bad idea: Australia tried a multi-caliber rifl...
by ParGha
27 Jan 2017 16:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4338
Views: 775369

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Depending on the date, it could be a mis-reporting of the Brigadier Pritam Singh's travails. The brigadier was the savior of Poonch, who had saved both the land and 40,000+ refugees through some of the worst conditions imaginable. However he had a bad relationship with his boss, Major General Atma S...
by ParGha
19 Jun 2012 18:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2412
Views: 330301

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

But once the upstoppable Mongols started harassing Turks, many of them extracated, pushed towards India for fresh ground and that was it. Those events finally lead to the setup of 3 mid size Turko-Afghan Sultanates in north India. 1. The Islamist Turkic invasions of India began long before the Mong...
by ParGha
19 Jun 2012 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2412
Views: 330301

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

No details, but it is known that the ancient Indians repulsed the Arabs when the latter were at the height of their power. The western Chaluykas, Karkotas, Pratiharas and one Bapa Rawal all inflicted huge defeats on the Arabs in the 7th and 8th centuries. This fact doesn't mesh with the theory of t...
by ParGha
05 Jun 2012 23:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3094
Views: 290940

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

There is no way Pakistan will match India in terms of conventional weapons. It looks like their strategy is stop any Indian advances by using battlefield tactical nuclear weapons. A dangerous detterent because one never knows where any conflict will escalate once nuclear weapons are used but they d...
by ParGha
25 May 2012 13:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218838

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

rohit, ruse or coup-de-main, how do we differentiate it? The generally accepted explanation is that its main objective was to coerce the Paks into cutting support for the separatist militants in Punjab. That worked. On the other hand, OP Trident never took off. You are right about the Chinese mobili...
by ParGha
25 May 2012 13:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218838

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

self-delete
by ParGha
25 May 2012 11:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218838

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Indian forces were stationed on Saltoro ridge to prevent the TSP from occupying further after the Paki nuke test in 1984 in Lop Nor. Air Cde Jasjit Singh the former director of IDSA has written that and no one has refuted him from the 'withdraw from Siachen' brigade. AFAIK, the Chinese tested a nuc...
by ParGha
25 May 2012 09:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218838

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

I understand JLN strategy. He gave up POK as a CBM to TSP to keep them happy that they got one third of Kashmir. Instead it made them even more hungry to think they can grab more. But, Ramana, JLN had seen in close quarters for at least two decades the perfidy of Jinnah, his cohorts and the Muslim ...
by ParGha
17 May 2012 20:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 205657

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

Active combat operations were ongoing during the 2001-03 period, and the sacrifices in these operations were not "errors" -- they were willfully undertaken for the nation. Most of it, I assume, was low-key work along the LOC, but a few did make it into public domain like this one http://fo...
by ParGha
25 Apr 2012 17:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 980310

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Can never really understand these guys. They already had missiles that could target India. What good can come off this test? After episodes such as Xerox-Khan, Osama-Bin-Laden, PNS Mehran Attacks, Mumbai Attack, now they want to prove that they can target half of the world? --Ashish Lot of good can...
by ParGha
24 Apr 2012 21:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 980310

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

I wont put much stock into an obvious dog-n-pony show like that. But the show aside, the Paks have indeed made some good investments and toughened up (esp those who did tours in KP) over last 10 odd years; the Chinese look ridiculously primped-out, a far cry from their simple and battleready Civil/K...
by ParGha
20 Apr 2012 17:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218838

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Austin, the Chinese can veto the sanctions just as the Soviets vetoed the 1971 sanctions on India. You are right, today there is no better mechanism for international conflict resolution than the UN, but that mechanism favors the party which holds the initiative -- unless you are one of the veto-wie...

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